This berries and cream recipe is a classic combination that will transport you back to your childhood summers.
What Kind Of Berries Are Best For This Recipe?
The type of berry used in this recipe depends on what season it’s being made during.
There are many different types of berries available throughout the year and each one has its own unique flavor profile.
You can try any variety you like but here are some of our favorite options:
- Blackberries – These have a milder taste than blueberries or raspberries. Their sweet flavor pairs well with vanilla ice cream and they also hold their own when paired with chocolate chips.
- Blueberries – Blueberries are known as “nature’s candy” because of how much sugar is packed into them. They are often used to top off cakes and other desserts, which makes them versatile enough to work in almost all recipes.
- Raspberries – Raspberries aren’t just delicious, they’re also healthy thanks to antioxidants found in their skins. A great addition to cheesecakes, pies, pancakes, and more, these berries go perfectly with lemon juice.
- Strawberries – Strawberries have become synonymous with summertime because of their bright red color. The sweetness of strawberries matches up very nicely with other fruits such as apples and peaches.
How to choose fresh berries
Fresh berries are an excellent choice for most fruit-based dishes.
However, if you want to be extra cautious about buying quality ingredients, then frozen berries might be better suited for this recipe.
Frozen berries contain fewer nutrients than fresh ones, although there are still plenty of benefits from eating them.
If you do decide to buy fresh berries, you should always wash them by hand before using.
This way, you remove any dirt particles that may have fallen onto the surface of the berries.
Also, don’t forget to rinse berries under cold water after washing them.
This helps keep them free of pesticides and bacteria.
What Is The Cream To Berry Ratio For This Recipe?
1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup (150g) sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 pint fresh blackberries or blueberries
- In a medium saucepan over low heat, combine 1 cup (240ml) heavy whipping cream with 3/4 cup (150g) sugar until sugar dissolves. Increase temperature to high and bring mixture to boiling point. Once boiling, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add vanilla extract. Set aside to cool completely.
- Meanwhile, in another bowl, toss together blackberries or blueberries. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to allow juices to release while preparing the cake layer.
How Long Does It Take To Make This Recipe?
You can set up this quick and easy recipe in about 30 minutes from start to finish.
The hardest part of this recipe is waiting until everything cools down enough so it’ll chill without melting into mush.
Once you have all ingredients assembled, it’s just a matter of letting them sit together overnight.
What Are The Steps For Making This Recipe?
The first step in preparing this berry and cream recipe is to gather all of the ingredients together.
We recommend using fresh strawberries because they have more flavor than frozen ones.
Next, we recommend whipping up the heavy cream by placing it into a bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form.
After the cream has been whipped, add the sugar, vanilla extract, and salt to taste.
Finally, pour the mixture over the sliced strawberries which should be placed onto a serving dish or individual plates.
If you’d like to serve this recipe as a breakfast treat, place some slices of toast alongside the strawberry slices.
The toast can either be buttered or plain depending on how much butter you prefer.
You may also choose to top your toast with sliced almonds if desired.
Can This Recipe Be Made Ahead Of Time?
Yes, if you want to save some time in the kitchen, just prepare all ingredients before starting the process.
The only part that needs to be prepared once is the whipping cream.
Once whipped, it can be stored at room temperature for up to two days.
- 1 cup heavy cream (or half-and-half)
- 3 tablespoons powdered sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- A handful of raspberries or blueberries
Note that the amount of berries used here may vary depending on how much space there is between each one.
If using larger berries like strawberries, add more than 1/4 cup per serving.
How Should This Recipe Be Served?
There’s no wrong way to serve this classic dish, as long as it tastes good.
You can eat it with a spoon or use a fork, but if you want something special, try serving it in a glass bowl on top of fresh strawberries or raspberries for an elegant presentation.
Or pour it into wine glasses or martini glasses for an extra-special treat.
When making this recipe, keep in mind that the cream needs to chill before being poured over the fruit because warm cream doesn’t set up properly.
If you don’t have room in your refrigerator to let the cream cool down, just leave it out at room temperature until it becomes cold enough to pour smoothly.
And remember, always shake a little sugar onto each plate before placing your first scoop of ice cream.
This prevents any clumps from forming, which ruins the look of your dessert.
What Are Some Possible Variations Of This Recipe?
There’s no right or wrong way to prepare this dish.
You can choose to use frozen fruit instead of fresh if you prefer, but it won’t affect the flavor in any significant ways.
The same goes for using different types of milk like almond milk or even coconut milk.
You can also add an extra layer of complexity by making homemade whipped cream.
Whipped cream is not just for desserts anymore — it’s great on pancakes, ice cream sandwiches, and more! If you want to go all out, you can try making your own vanilla bean paste which adds incredible depth to the overall dessert experience.
The key to getting the best results from your berry and cream dessert is selecting high-quality ingredients.
Fresh strawberries are obviously the star here, but you may need to experiment with other fruits as well.
Berries in general tend to have higher sugar content than most other fruits, so they require less cooking time.
What Are Some Complementary Dishes To Serve With This Recipe?
The flavors in this dish are very versatile.
You can vary it by adding different fruits or spices into the mix.
Some ideas include adding blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, or cranberries into the mixture.
Or try using fresh mint leaves instead of lemon zest.
The possibilities are endless.
- 4 cups (1 L) heavy whipping cream
- ¾ cup (180 mL) sugar
- Zest from 1 large lemon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 1 pint (500 g) mixed berries (blueberries, blackberries, etc.)
- Ice cubes
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients except the berries.
Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally until sugar dissolves completely.
Remove from heat and set aside to cool slightly.
Add the mixed berry and gently stir to coat fruit evenly in the syrup.
Transfer cooled mixture to an airtight container and refrigerate at least 4 hours before serving.
Serve chilled on top of ice cubes.
What Is The Nutritional Information For This Recipe?
Calories per serving: 220 calories | Total Fat (g): 13 grams | Sodium (mg): 110 mg | Carbohydrates (g): 28 grams | Fiber (g): 2 grams | Protein (g): 4 grams
- Serving Size: 1/4 cup of fruit + 1 tablespoon of whipped topping = 10 servings
- Nutrition facts calculated by Chowhound
How we test recipes
Recipes are tested in an environmental chamber set at 72 degrees Fahrenheit.
They’re cooked using convection, which means they cook more quickly than traditional oven methods, but still allow all sides to brown evenly.
What Are Some Tips For Making This Recipe?
To get started on this recipe, you can use any type of berry or fruit that’s in season at the time.
You could also add different flavors like cinnamon or vanilla extract if you want to change things up.
The key to getting a smooth texture when whipping cream is using an electric hand mixer instead of whisking it by hand.
If you do try to whip it by hand, be sure not to overmix it as well because that will result in a grainy mixture.
Once everything has been assembled, pour into individual bowls and top with fresh whipped cream.
- 1 large mixing bowl
- 1 Pan
- 1 food processor
- 1 c raspberries
- 1 c blackberries
- 1 c blueberries
- 1 v strawberries
- ½ c sugar
- Handful of fresh mint leaves julienned
- 2 tbl Grand Marnier
- 2 c white sugar
- 1 c heavy whipping cream
- ¼ c powdered sugar
- Sprinkle 12 cup sugar over all berries in a large mixing bowl and set aside for an hour or so.
- How to Make Caramel Dust:
- Using a Silpat or cooking spray, line a rimmed baking sheet.
- Bring sugar to a boil over medium heat.
- Swirl (do not stir) the sugar in a pan over high heat until it dissolves, then cook until it turns a caramel color, being careful not to burn.
- Pour onto a prepared baking sheet and allow to harden for 1 hour before breaking into shards.
- Put all ingredients in a food processor and pulse until finely ground, then pass through a sieve to make dust.
- Whip cream and powdered sugar to medium peaks.
- To the berries, add mint and two tablespoons Grand Marnier.
- Place the berries in a serving bowl, top with the cream, and dust with sugar!